Right now, many genre fans are expecting to hear the news that Marvel’s The Punisher will ultimately end up cancelled. For star Jon Bernthal, he’s at peace with that prospect.
To give a little background on this, you’ll remember that first and foremost last year saw Marvel’s Iron Fist scrapped after two seasons. That cancellation wasn’t a particularly major shock, for that show had split opinion during its run. After that, however, it was a huge shock to hear that Marvel’s Luke Cage was similarly scrapped after two seasons. Then, after wowing many with its Born Again-driven third year, Marvel’s Daredevil was then cancelled as 2018 drew to a close.
From there, many feared that it was only a matter of time before Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Jessica Jones were on the chopping block. The third season of the Krysten Ritter-headlined Jessica Jones is to air later this year, and Season 2 of The Punisher has landed on Netflix just last week.
Just to clarify, there has been absolutely zero official on The Punisher being cancelled at this stage, but many are half-expecting that news to surface at some point over the next month or two.
Speaking to Variety about this prospect, Bernthal explained, “I know the reality of the situation and I’m at peace with it. I really only worry about the things I can control. When I’m playing the character and I’m doing the job and it’s right there in front of me, I do whatever I can to make it as good as I can. But in this business there’s so much we can’t control. Whatever is happening with these shows, these decisions are being made in rooms I’m not invited into and I’m okay with that.”
As these shows began to get axed, speculation ran rampant that these cancellations weren’t the end for this shared world of Marvel heroes. Some were suggesting that this could all be part of a plan to scrap these shows from Netflix in order to later bring these characters back on the impending Disney+ streaming service that’s due to launch later this year. Similarly, some have suggested that maybe – just maybe – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Frank Castle could well turn up as part of the big-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe which currently serves as a loose background to their adventures.
Either way, expect more on the future of The Punisher and the rest of these shows if and when we hear more.